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Library Technical Assistant Certificate

Have you ever wondered how a library works? How books are organized, cataloged, and displayed? Are you passionate about books, technology, or information? Do you like helping people? Are you process oriented and seeking clerical work? Then the Library Technical Assistant program might be a good fit for you!

What is a Library Technical Assistant?

Library Technical Assistants (LTAs) are an integral part of any library team. LTAs assist librarians in the daily operations of a library. Many people are unaware but working in a library requires technical training in library operations. The Library Technical Assistant program at Illinois Central College provides students with the training they need to become a valuable addition to any library staff.

“LTA’s bring more knowledge and care to the libraries we work in and everyone needs more of that.” – Susan Kellerstrass, former ICC student.

What Will I Learn?

The mission of the Library Technical Assistant Program is to prepare students for employment in various types of libraries and to provide the foundational education in library services and information studies. LTA graduates possess basic skills in: collection development, cataloging, media technology, technology troubleshooting, reference, and patron services to serve libraries and information centers.

“This was a great program because the instructors were knowledgeable and helped with the information and lecture. They were also professional enough to understand our outside life sometimes caused issues for us. The instructors always held that professionalism that I try to emulate everyday.” – Greg Weydert, former ICC student

Will I find work?

Libraries are still thriving today. According to the U.S. Labor Department, library technical assistant careers are expected to grow at a rate of 12 percent by 2022 due to libraries using these workers to take over some of the duties of librarians.

So if you are looking for a career that puts a collection of books at your finger tips and gives you the ability to help others, start taking Library Technical Assistant classes today!

Illinois Central College’s Library Technical Assistant Program also includes:


The mission of the Library Technical Assistant Certificate program is to prepare students for employment in various types of libraries and/or for the foundational education in information management for a master’s degree in library science. LTA graduates possess collection development, cataloging, media technology, technology troubleshooting, reference, collaborative, and patron services skills and are eager to network and serve the surrounding community. 

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 24

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
CMGEN 120COMPUTER APPLICATIONS 3
LIB 110INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARIES IN THE INFORMATION AGE 3
LIB 114MULTIMEDIA SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT IN LIBRARIES TODAY 2
LIB 116ACQUISITION OF LIBRARY MATERIALS 3
LIB 120INTRODUCTION TO CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION 3
LIB 210INTRODUCTION TO REFERENCE AND INFORMATION SERVICES 3
LIB 225ELECTRONIC RESOURCES AND ONLINE SEARCHING 3
LIB 231SERVING THE PUBLIC IN TODAYS LIBRARIES 3
LIB 250LIBRARY PRACTICUM 1 to 3

The Library Technical Assistant Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals for immediate entry into positions which help library and information services professionals acquire, prepare and organize materials, and assist library users in finding materials and information. Emphasis is on acquiring practical skills needed in day-to-day operations in a library or media center.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1LIB 110; LIB 114; LIB 120, LIB 116, and CMGEN 120
Spring Semester 1LIB 210, LIB 225, LIB 231, LIB 250

Program Contact Information

LTA Program Coordinator
S113. Banwart Library, Student Center, Peoria campus

(309) 690-6961

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Professional Support Services

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